Rodger Allan  Schock

Rodger Allan "Rod" Schock

Monday, April 17th, 1944 - Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
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Rodger (Rod) Allan Schock, 75, Hood River, died in Portland on June 11, 2019, after a brief illness.

He was born in St. Helens in 1944 to Fred and Margaret (Brown) Schock. He grew up in Liberty, Indiana, where he graduated from Short High School. As a Boy Scout, he earned the God and Country Award and became an Eagle Scout. He studied forestry at Purdue University before enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Rodger graduated from Linn-Benton Community College in 1971 with a degree in welding and moved to Hood River, where he worked for Nichols Boat Works. He went on to found the Schock Welding Company in Odell, which he sold in 2007. Evidence of his legacy as a builder includes a pedestrian bridge at the Port of Hood River and numerous stair and sidewalk railings in the Hood River area.

He also designed and built his home on Fir Mountain Rd., where he took great pleasure in feeding and watching the birds and enjoying the deer and other animals that wandered through the property.

Rod loved to fish, especially for steelhead and salmon. A vacation with him meant digging for clams or getting out on the water to troll for salmon or to put out crab pots. He was patient with beginners, no matter how old, and especially enjoyed taking his grandchildren on fishing trips.

Among the stories he liked to tell was one about an encounter with a young deer in a stream. When he saw the animal, Rod moved slowly towards it until the deer lunged at him and knocked him down.

He was well known for his sense of humor and practical jokes. He once convinced his college roommates that a deadly infection had contaminated their apartment, leading to a call to campus officials, who did not look kindly on his prank.

Rodger gave generously of his time to community organizations such as the Boy Scouts. For the past few years, he provided rides for people to medical appointments. He loved music and sang as a member of the Riverside Community Church choir.

Rodger served on the Hood River County Commission as a commissioner from 1979 to 1986 and as chair from 2002 to 2006.

He is survived by his wife Judith (Fields) Schock of Hood River and by his first wife, Dona (Beith) Schock of Troutdale; a daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Nathan Duckwall of Hood River; a son and daughter-in-law, Brian Schock and Kalpita Noumta of Athens, Greece; a step-son, Michael Bozzoli of Overland Park, Kansas; a sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Nick Houtman of Corvallis; three grandchildren, Cole, Hunter and Taylor Duckwall of Hood River; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM Wednesday June 19, 2019 at the Riverside Community Church (317 State Street Hood River, OR 97031). Pastor Vicky Stifter will officiate. The family asks that contributions to honor Rod be made to Faith in Action, the volunteer network of Providence Hospital; to the music program at the Riverside Community Church; or to the Hood River High School baseball team (C/O Anderson’s Tribute Center 1401 Belmont Ave Hood River, OR 97031).

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 3:00pm
    Riverside Community Church
    317 State Street
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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  • Reception

    Riverside Community Church
    317 State Street
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A reception will immediately follow the service.


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David & Tine Meriwether

Posted at 11:29am
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Chris & Cindy Parks of Overland Park, KS

Posted at 01:28pm
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The Moffets and The Cashdollars

Posted at 06:17pm
We will miss our favorite uncle. Thinking of you all, with fond memories and warm hearts. With much love from Rodger's "favorite" nieces and families:
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Britta Willson

Posted at 11:45am
Rodger was one of my volunteers through Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital's Volunteers in Action. He was an incredible cornerstone of this community and words can not express my personal gratitude for the service he provided to the older adults and persons with disabilities enrolled in our program. Rodger formally started volunteering with us in 2015 and during his time he provided over 168 hours of service driving more than 3,300 miles. He never once requested mileage reimbursement even though I asked to let us repay him many times! Without Rodger many, many people would've been unable to make it to their important medical and social service appointments. Not only did Rodger have a generous spirit but a wonderful "can do" attitude and great sense of humor! Clients often would specifically request him by name because they enjoyed their time with him so much. Rodger was one of a kind and he will be deeply missed.

Tim and Joy Woodruff

Posted at 10:04am
A great neighbor and friend as well as Sandy, Peg and Fred. Always brought a smile. Looked forward to seeing Rod when he returned to Liberty.
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